Not all equal

If you’ve been making the rounds of self-described fact-checkers this morning you will encounter uneven qualities, to say the least. On the whole, I judge the efforts of the Washington Post and The Guardian superior to that of the New York Times. But there are many other outlets engaged in the activity. I was particularly struck by this headline in the Seattle Times, which relied on external sources:

AP FACT CHECK: Trump, Clinton deny their own words in debate

We’ve come to appreciate the term “false equivalence,” as if “both sides do it.” When, in fact, either one side doesn’t “do it” at all or to a far lesser extent than the other. Reading the content of the linked article, one finds that Trump’s misstatements greatly trump Clinton’s.